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Old 08-12-2007, 08:33 AM   #1
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Weird white growth on liverock and dirty sandbed


Hey there,
Was wondering if anyone could shed some light on a couple of things for me. Firstly I've had some weird white growth (kinda tube-like) growing on my live rock. Anyone know what it could be?
Second thing is my sandbed seems to be collecting a lot of dirt. It gets weird little bits of rocks and stuff and generally seems to be going a bit browny. Everything else is fine all the live rock is fine, water params are excellent. Clean up crew seem ok. If anyone might have any ideas please share them with me.

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Old 08-12-2007, 08:55 AM   #2
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When you look real close, do they have little feathers sticking out the end? If so you got yourself some spirorbid worms. These little guys live in their calcareous shells and filter feed. They are harmless additions to your reef.
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Old 08-12-2007, 09:25 AM   #3
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i agree, the tubes are harmless, they either have a feather crown, or will let out a long string that resembles a spider web, as for the dirt your seeing, its probably a mixture of fish poo, a bit of algae, and maybe your live rock is pooping too, (yes, live rock sheds stuff that looks like smaller rocks) you should try to vaccum this stuff out as you do a water change.
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Old 08-12-2007, 10:05 AM   #4
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whats the best way to vaccum this dirty stuff out without disturbing the sandbed and sucking out too much sand
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Old 08-12-2007, 10:50 AM   #5
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i have attached some photos of my tank, the first photo attached shows this white growth by the cave in the centre of the picture. please can anyone confirm if this is spirorbid?


























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Old 08-12-2007, 11:27 AM   #6
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that growth actually looks like a sponge, also harmless, you can vaccum your sand bed with a regular gravel vac from the stores. just let it hover over the sand, dont dig it down into the sand, it might take a little practice, but you'll get it, keep the end of the syphon just over the sand so it sucks up the gunk, but not the sand.
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Old 08-12-2007, 11:32 AM   #7
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i'd second the sponge comment.
as for ditritus ... vacumming works, or if you'd like a practicl fish .. a diamond goby would be a good addition. he will 'eat' the sand, clean it & spit it out through its gills. the diamond goby will (generally speaking) not go above an inch or so abov the sandbed to drop it .. unlike some of the other sand sifting gobys.
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Old 08-12-2007, 04:23 PM   #8
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yep looks like a sponge to me also
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Old 08-12-2007, 05:57 PM   #9
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what exactly is a sponge and is it good for my tank? should i leave it in my tank?

also i am now considering getting a diamond goby to keep my sandbed clean, would one diamond goby be sufficient?
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Old 08-13-2007, 12:49 PM   #10
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Sponges are filter feeders that extract food out of the water. They can not be exposed to air or they will die. They grow best in high water flow areas with minimal light. There are some very cool sponges , I have purchased several for my 100g reef and they add some nice color. Nudibranchs feed on them.
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can you send pic


i am unable to see the pics of the white growth may you send pics beacuse i think i may have the same thing growing
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Old 03-22-2010, 03:07 PM   #12
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i dont know what size tank you have but I have 1 diamond goby in my 75g an he does an amazing job keeping the sand looking good. Its all he does..every single time I look at him hes getting a mouthful of sand. ..lol
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Old 03-22-2010, 03:17 PM   #13
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I just bought 2 yellow faced sleeper goby's the other day and within the last five days they have made a huge difference in the sand bed. They also stay near the bottom, and have a great attitude. Although my Osc. clowns are still a little upset about the addition, even to the point that yesterday one of them grabbed a goby by the tail and drug him around for about 6 inches. I think it is because they are staying to close to the clowns Rose BTA.
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:06 PM   #14
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okay i have what i thought were spirorbid worms, but when i google imaged them, none of them looked like the pests i have in my tank. i have about 4 month old live rock, and these tube like pests are sticking up out of my live coral and live rocks. they are whiteish and they are tubelike and at the end of them they have a circular opening, are they harmless, becasue i am worried about my fish.
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Old 02-27-2011, 11:43 PM   #15
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i have white growth on one of my rocks


It looks like a gelly spidersack or something what is it
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